COURTS OF PARIS, NAPLES, ETC. 235 I find M. de Maulde spoke well of me at the Directory, and said I was above soliciting my return, and have so many resources within myself that I can never be ennuye. The Emperor's peace is signed. Portugal has made a separate one, so we are left alone. I will now read over and answer some of your questions. I wish the hedge continued as near the house as possible, to seclude our walk and gardens from intruders. Has the yew taken, that was planted over the wall ? The whins1 here are very hard to rear, though I do not think the birch-trees2 overshadow them at all. There is a species of bloody whin8 that is likely to spoil the whole plantation. In this season it is very much heated, and those that have thorns4 will overpower the rest; if so, the whole nursery will fail, and all be rooted out. The Revolution has swept away the literati and the monuments. I have been to Moret, but do not know any means of giving information concerning kings and kings' children.5 i Republic. a Royalists. 3 Jacobin, 4 Troops. 5 A negress, daughter of Louis XIV. and his Queen, was shut up at Moret.